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Donald Risinger of Milton, Fla., passed quietly to rest in the presence of the heavenly Father on Aug. 23, 2013, in Pensacola, Fla.
He was born Nov. 5, 1934, in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the son of Walter and Roxie (Petro) Risinger.
He was a 1953 graduate of Franklin (Ind.) High School, where he received athletic awards in both basketball and football.
After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and was sent to Russian language training at the State Department for two years. During his 28-year military career he attained the rank of senior chief Russian cryptologist and served at various naval installations including Adak, Alaska; Bremerhaven, Germany; Finguan, Guam; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; London; Edzell, Scotland; and Rota, Spain. He also held the position assistant presidential translator on the Washington-Moscow communications hotline.
He participated in various surface and subsurface deployments and was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and seven good conduct awards.
He was an avid fisherman and devoted follower of Indiana University basketball.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Milton, Fla.
He is survived by a brother, David J. Risinger of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and his best friend and loving wife, Stephanie K. Risinger of Milton.
Graveside services with full military honors will be at at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First United Methodist Church in Milton, Fla. (elevator fund) or to Covenant Hospice at West Florida Hospital, in Pensacola, Fla., in care of the funeral home.
National Cremation and Burial Society of Milton has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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